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Rustic Chic Blush & Green Barn Wedding – Corey & Chandler

Chandler and Cory tied the knot on a beautiful spring day in April. They choose to say I do at the stunning Barns of Kanak farm in Virginia. Their wedding day focused not only on their love but everything they love doing together with their family. These two families are joined by a love of vintage cars and trucks! Chandler and Corey chose to incorporate their families vintage pieces in all aspects of their big day! From driving into the ceremony in style to classic cars in their portraits. The colour scheme was the perfect addition to a rustic farm spring day, the bridesmaids wore beautiful blush coloured gowns, the groomsmen were in classic grey. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake for their guests they choose a small cake for themselves and served their favorite treat of Krispy Creme donuts beautifully displayed in tiers adorned with greenery and flowers. To top off all the personal elements of their wedding they ditch the typical wedding dinner and had River City Wood Fire cater with amazing spread of Italian style pizzas!

Corey and Chandler met through mutual friends when they were in high school. Corey was 17, Chandler was 15. Chandler’s father and younger brother played a key role in bringing the couple together as they were close friends and hunting buddies. At that time Corey was a member of the high school baseball team and Chandler was a member of her high schools dance team. Through Corey’s high school graduation, and then Chandlers and college graduations to follow the couple powered through and began to create the beginning our their lives together.

The proposal took place on the evening of December 1st, when Corey organised an oyster dinner and bonfire for his family, Chandler’s family, and their close friends at his beloved “other home”, The Hotrod Hangout. The Hotrod Hangout is where Corey and his dad work on their beloved classic cars/rat rods. It is a hobby shop which is where a majority of their days are spent. Having a cookout, was not out of the ordinary at all, it was a typical Saturday night festivity. Because it was so “normal” Chandler didn’t expect anything at all. In fact, she showed up late to the gathering in a sweatshirt and no makeup, not expecting anything at all. Finally, everyone had arrived… and lastly, the cutest guest, baby Landyn, Corey’s niece. When Landyn arrived, her mom placed her in the back of Corey’s truck (the orange truck shown in pictures) and revealed to Chandler her onesie that said “Will you be my Auntie?”, Chandler’s eyes immediate filled with tears and she then saw her future husband get on his knee and ask to marry her. They cried, they laughed, they cheered, all while surrounded by their closest friends and family. This engagement was exactly what the couple could have dreamed of. At a special place, involving something that they loved, surrounded by their favourite people. (Fun fact: their first home, which they stayed in for the first time on their wedding night, is located next door to the Hotrod Hangout, where the proposal happened… we hold this place near and dear to our hearts.)

Their vision for their wedding day was elegant, rustic, vintage, and timeless. They knew that they wanted to incorporate things that were personal to them. Corey got the rusty cars and barn, Chandler got the elegant chandeliers, lace, blush and flowers. The venue was the perfect place for them to tie the knot. It was located within miles of their hometown which made traveling for guests much easier. Chandler’s family friends even became the new owners in the process of their wedding planning which was just the icing on the cake!

Chandler says that she had NO IDEA where to begin with wedding dress shopping. Unlike most girls, she didn’t have her “dream dress” in mind. Following the engagement, Chandler and Corey won a contest through a local bridal shop, Celebrity Bridal and Formals, and received a generous discount on their wedding attire. Chandler then booked her try-on appointment with Celebrity, a few days before the appointment, the bridal shop posted several dresses they got in from a Evelyn Bridal for a trunk show. Chandler spotted one she liked and knew that she had to try on. When she went to her appointment the one she saw posted was in fact THE DRESS! It was vintage yet modern, flowy yet fitting, sparkly yet simple, it was PERFECT and matched Chandler and the theme of the wedding perfectly.

Chandler knew that she didn’t want “cookie cutter” bridesmaid dresses. She wanted each dress to be a different style and color, just from the came palette. Just like her girls, all different, all beautiful, and they go together perfectly. Chandler wanted to make the process as easy as possible for her girls. All of their dresses, which the exception of the maid of honor’s dress (from Red Dress Boutique) were purchased off of Poshmark, an online clothes resale company. The prices ranged from $20-$70 and were from the brands Lulu’s and Azazie. It was one of the smartest, money saving ideas EVER! All dresses had only been worn once before. They all looked so perfect together.

For the men, they decided on grey tux from Celebrity Bridal & Formals. They wanted them to be dressy, yet casual, so they opted for no jackets, just for the groom and the officiant. The ties coordinated with the blush/mauve colors of the girls and were from The Tie Bar.

The most important thing while planning was to make the wedding as custom and personal as possible. They chose to incorporate many things special to them as a couple. They say that they splurged on way too much.

First and most importantly, their officiant. The officiant of the ceremony was Brian Wohnig, the bride’s uncle and the grooms great friend. After one night jokingly officiating, the couple decided that their day wouldn’t be the same without their uncle officiating for them. Brian spent hours upon hours studying techniques and working with the couple to create the most beautiful, personal, special wedding ceremony of a lifetime. Each and every word of the ceremony and vows were written together with the bride, groom, and officiant. It was completely custom to their relationship and their lives words cannot describe how special this was for the bride and groom to have them there for them.

The cars. Rat rods are Corey’s life. What better way to enter their wedding ceremony than in their beloved cars. Corey & the officiant, Brian, entered the ceremony in the 1930 coupe, a complete custom car by Corey & his father. Then, Chandler was driven by her father in Corey’s first ever build, his 1966 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck, the same truck that was there for their proposal. Following the ceremony, the bride and groom drove off in this truck. The bride also asked her grandfather (Papa), Glenn Jarman to drive his beautiful baby blue 1958 Corvette which her Papa and Nana drove off in on their wedding day in 1988. The cars added the perfect vintage touch to their special day.

The cuisine was Pizza, Chandler is probably the worlds pickiest eater, fancy meals aren’t her thing, River City Wood Fire offered the most DELICIOUS handmade, woodfired pizzas that were a DREAM! The guests raved about how fun and tasty their dinner was.

Each of the table numbers and cake topper were handmade by the groom himself, Corey Shornak. Corey works as a machinist and is very talented with anything and everything, he owns his own LLC, Metal Doctor Fabrication. He brought the bride’s “pinterest dreams” to reality. The table numbers were actually made by wood from a local church, the wood dates back to the early 1800s.

When it came to their flowers, luckily, the groom’s uncle and aunt own a local flower shop, The Flower Mart. “There was no question about who would be doing the flowers for our wedding. They knew exactly what we wanted and knew how to switch out certain flowers for others to help our budget. We wanted GREENERY mostly with hints of beautiful white and blush roses and blue thistle.” The bride also asked to include Magnolia in the flowers as it serves as a symbol of the bride’s Grammy who recently passed. When her Grammy passed, the family buried her ashes under a Magnolia tree. “Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility. In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness.”

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Photography: Sommer Rea Weddings & Portraits // Venue: The Barns of Kanak // Floral: The Flower Mart // Videography: Delta Studio Productions // Catering: River City Wood Fire // Wedding Cake: Cakes and Moore // Entertainment: KD Production // Invitations: Dandy Lion Paper // Hair: Cecily Morgan // Makeup: Nicole Laughlin Makeup Artist // Handmade Items: Metal Doctor Fabrication LLC // Vintage Car: The Hotrod Hangout // Wedding Dress & Veil: Celebrity Bridal and Formals // Groom’s Attire: Celebrity Bridal and Formals // Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie // Bridesmaid Dresses: RED DRESS BOUTIQUE & Lulu’s // Ties: The Tie Bar // Submitted via: Matchology

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